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Vaccine Questions Ep5: Inoculation against misinformation with Professor Jane Suiter

21 May 2021

In episode five Dick chats to Professor Jane Suiter, Director of the Institute for Future Media, Democracy and Society at DCU about what drives the spread of disinformation and how it can undermine vaccination programmes.

What is the difference between misinformation and disinformation and are they the same thing as fake news? Dick asks Jane to explain what these terms mean and they discuss the evolution of disinformation, what drives it, and what makes people susceptible to it. Jane also outlines some ways it can be tackled, by those who own or regulate social media and by us as everyday users of digital media.

About the series

Do you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines? Maybe you want to understand how they work? Maybe you wonder if they are safe for you to take? Or perhaps you are just anxious to know when and how you will be vaccinated?

In this podcast series, science journalist Dick Ahlstrom chats with experts in public health, immunology, virology, bioethics, statistics and behavioural science. He will ask them questions sent in by you and help make sense of the answers.

Participate in our podcast series

  • Do you have questions about the coronavirus vaccines?
  • Maybe you want to understand how they work?
  • Maybe you wonder if they are safe for you to take?
  • Or perhaps you are just anxious to know when and how you will be vaccinated?

In this podcast series, science journalist Dick Ahlstrom chats with experts in public health, immunology, virology, bioethics, statistics and behavioural science, asking them everything you ever wanted to know about vaccines and vaccination.

If you have a question about vaccines, please email it to vaccinequestions@ria.ie along with your name, age, and location.

In some cases, your question may be asked giving your name, age and location as you provide it, unless you state otherwise. Your contact details will never be shared. Please ensure you have read our data privacy policy. 

This series is organised by the Life and Medical Sciences Committee  in partnership with the Health Research Board 

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